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How to Use Crutches on Stairs - Thomas Fetterman Inc.

How to Use Crutches on Stairs

  • Approach the stairs and have your therapist stand by for safety until confident of abilities.
  • Keep crutches down on lower level and do not place upward on the steps. Push down hard on the crutches with your arms. This lifts the body upward.
  • Then, step up first with your strong leg to the first step....
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  • How to Walk with a Cane on Level Ground

    • Scoot to the edge of your chair.
    • Place cane in hand opposite of the injured or painful leg.
    • Stand up from the chair.
    • Move cane forward 12-18 inches.
    • Step forward with the leg opposite of cane until the foot is directly across from the cane.....
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  • Crutches Anyone? by Thomas Fetterman

    Walking sticks have aided bi-pedal man since the dawn of our evolution. The walking stick has served us well as an assist to climbing, an aid to steadying ourselves, as a probe, a reaching tool, a weapon, as an artistic expression, and for some, as weight-bearing device to facilitate ambulating when debilitated....
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  • Miki Fairley, O&P Edge interviews Thomas Fetterman about crutch innovation

    Although ambulating with crutches would probably not rank on anyone's A-list of favorite activities, it can solve the problem of mobility after injury. Crutches have a long history. Evidence from an Egyptian carving dating back to 2830 BC suggests that crutches have been used at least since the pharaohs ruled Egypt 5,000 years ago. Through the corridors of time crutch design has not greatly changed. However, some modern inventor's have set out to change that scenario developing innovative twists on this age-old solution....
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  • Jack Riemer, Houston Chronicle

    On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two crutches....
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